Air Vice-Marshal Sikiru Smith (retd.) who was abducted in Lagos State on Monday has been released by his abductors, a report has revealed.
Smith, a cousin to a former Inspector-General of Police and current Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith, regained his freedom in the early hours of Saturday, according to the Punch.
The Lagos Police Command confirmed that the retired naval officer was freed on Saturday, but did not provide further details.
“I can confirm that he has been released,” the command’s Public Relations Officer, said.
The retired two-star military general, who is currently the Chairman of Double Wealth Ventures Limited – a dredging and engineering firm – was supervising work on a site in the Ajah area of Lagos State on Monday when masked gunmen invaded the place and shot sporadically.
His driver, Corporal Odiji, in a voice note said his principal was hurriedly moved to a speedboat and driven away after he had unsuccessfully tried to wriggle himself away from his captors.
It remains unknown if Smith was released after a manhunt of his abductors or payment of ransom.